Winterising your motorhome/caravan

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  1. Ash

    Ash Trader - Service & Repairs Life Member

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    Here are a few tips on winterising your Motorhome / Caravan before you pack away for the winter months :thumb:


    It doesn’t matter whether your caravan/motorhome is at home, on a site or in storage over the winter months, you must still ensure it’s properly prepared to protect it from the elements

    If you’re not planning to use your Caravan / Motorhome over winter, taking some time now to carry out a series of measures will mean opening the door for the first time in the spring shouldn’t present you with any nasty surprises such as an invasion of rodents or a widespread damp problem.

    Also, start making a list of in-Caravan/Motorhome items you’ll want to bring home with you. These could include clothing, bedding, towelling, curtains and electrical items and keeping them at home will prevent them from getting damaged if a problem does arise.

    There are ways in which you can minimise the risk of condensation and dampness causing damage to your Caravan/Motorhome and any belongings left behind.

    Bowls of salt left dotted around the place will absorb dampness as will dehumidifying crystals, which are available from DIY shops. Stacking upholstery in the middle of the lounge area will also protect them from the damp.

    Frozen water in pipes is also a potential danger so before leaving your ‘van for winter drain the system down by turning off the water system and opening all the taps remove shower head,Leave the fridge door open and any cupboard or wardrobe door to prevent them from smelling musty and attracting damp and check that fixed ventilation points are not obstructed.

    Drain the cassette toilet (the drain point is normally inside the external door) and use plugs to block the sink and keep the toilet lid closed to ensure any unwanted rodent visitors from gaining entry. If the toilet/graywaste has been drained consider stuffing the u-bend with newspaper as an extra preventative measure.

    Before doing anything to prepare your Caravan/Motorhome, it might be worth booking it in for its annual service during the winter as whoever will carry out the work is likely to be less busy.
     
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    Thank you for the advice Ash... us newbies are not aware of some things that are needed to store the m/h safely for our winters


    Kath
     
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    an ultrasonic rodent deterent is also a good idea, round about now the field mice start looking for a cosy winter billet, and once in are a pain to get rid of. They are available in both mains and battery flavours.
     
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    Is it that time of year already :cry:

    Jim
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    Best thing......use it thru the winter
     
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    I agree. We use ours as much in Winter as in summer.
     
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    agree , provided you have a winterised van.. brrrrrrrrr :Laughing:

    and remember, burst pipes can also occur when using a non winterised van in winter ... so get lagging or better still, re route vulnerable pipes inside .. including the wastes !
     
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    Roger, anyone, can you recomend a battery, ie put batteries in not something to connect to the house batteries type one of these that works? I did read about some somewhere but in grand tradition (age) I've forgotten where and what:Doh:


    Yup, best policy, though that damned work buggers up full pleasure:Rofl1:


    In combination of both the above, we we're in the van alot up to and over Xmas/New Years last and still had a visitor, mind you they didn't stay, just left a few deposits under the kitchen sink and left, and I can't for the life of me find how the %^* got in:Angry:
     
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    By coincidence.

    At Lidl from Thursday 9th September - Dehumidifier Bag.

    Graham
     
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    Mice - if there's a hole big enough for a pencil to fit, then a mouse can get in.

    We had fieldmice in our kitchen just after we moved in here. We found the hole and cemented it up but then had to get rid of those already in. :Sad:

    Jen scoured Coventry for humane mousetraps, which we baited with chocolate buttons (Cadbury's of course!) and duly caught one, which I walked over the road and let into a field, two which I walked up the road and let into a different field, three which I walked all the way round the corner and let go into yet another field. :Doh:

    Then next night we were doing the washing up and one ran along the back of the sink unit and up the mixer tap where it sat washing its whiskers and looking at us! So sweet! :Rofl1:

    Herself said, that's just taking the p, that is! and authorised me to utilise the Little Nipper. Afraid I did. And we have several always baited in the garage for the same reason. I can't check all the things with wiring all the while, it's not possible, nor is it poss to seal the garage LOL
     
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    remind me at shepton and I'll have a look at mine for a name.
     
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    We have learnt the hard way to remove the Crystal filter now.

    On 2 occasions, we have had the Crystal filter "blow" on us as when you drain down, some water remains in the filter, freezes and blows the thing apart, when you fill up again in Spring and turn on the pump, the water sprays all over the place as the pump has no back pressure to switch it off.
     
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    For those that missed it last time .............Bump :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    If we get any mice joining us whilst travelling round Europe - I'm charging them rent :Eeek:
     
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    Ours is a fully winterized MH.
    We did use her over last Winter , as we bought her in November , even in the very cold snowy - temps. The only thing that stopped us going out more often , was the MH not being a 4x4 :Wink:
    Why doesn't someone do one that is, or do they ?
    We shall hopefully be doing the same this year too.
    Aviemore , Boxing Day into the New Year , for the main trip .

    But Ash ,
    as we keep ours in storage and only use it most weekends, its left on its lonesome mid week. Without being on hook up.
    Are things , such as stacking the cushions , putting in plugs , taking off shower head , salt dishes , damp bags, still worth doing? It wouldn't take much time to do .
    Or is it more for just when MH's are left for long periods?
    Anything to protect our MH.

    BTW, someone mentioned , on a post , the tow hook bar at the front under the radiator , going rusty and rotting.
    And to check yours, was it you ? I cant find it now:Doh:
    Ralph's checked ours and although its not like the one in the pic :Eek!:
    It could do with brushing n painting. Could you tell us how much they are to replace though please?
    Thanks.
    Bev
     
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    We've had mice in the van in the past and they do a lot of damage.

    I find ordinary mousetraps work well baited with Nutella. The humane ones aren't so humane if you don't visit for several days and the beasties starve to death.:Eek!:
     
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    Always wondered if my van is winterised as it is an Italian jobby and they are not exactly well known for building such beasts... But yesterday I was adding an extra antenna line so had to drill through the floor..

    One layer.. then 2" of expanded 'styrene, then another layer, then a plastic membrane, then another layer..
    The waste tank is wrapped and there are heaters in / on it ( no idea where but the panel allows me to switch them on and the voltage drops .1v more or less as soon as the switch is hit )
    Sooooooooooooooooooo.............. I think I have got my answer !

    No wonder it is still so warm in mid winter :thumb:
     
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    You sure you haven't just drilled through the tank? :Rofl1:
     
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